Punters have jumped onto an International at long odds to win the Melbourne Cup after the release of first nominations.
Southern France who was formerly with Aidan O’Brien is now with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and is coming off an impressive win in the G3 Irish St Leger Trial Stakes at Curragh.
In other news, Mustajeer has joined last year’s quinella pairing of Cross Counter and Marmelo as equal $15 favourite after being as much as $51 prior to winning the Ebor recently and $17 earlier today.
Avilius, out from $21, is one of a group of horses on the next line of betting at $26.
Meanwhile, there are six horses at the top of the market to win the Caulfield Cup after the release of their first nominations.
Avilius, Django Freeman, Mr Quickie, Mustajeer, Verry Elleegant and Yucatan are all considered $15 chances in front of a group of runners at $26.
Cross Counter $15
Johannes Vermeer $26
Prince Of Arran $26
Surprise Baby $26
Yucatan and seven others at $26
Others from $51
Django Freeman $15
Mr Quickie $15
Verry Elleegant $15
Angel Of Truth, Hartnell, Homesman, Humidor, Johannes Vermeer and others at $26